The year is 44 B.C and in Rome, the top-notch Julius Caesar has returned from his defeat against Pompey and his sons. The streets of Rome are filled with crowds cheering on his return. The well known Roman leader was surprisingly intelligent, studious, and most importantly courageous. His intelligence is one of the reasons he was such a successful ruler. Not only was Caesar was an intelligent man he also had a huge influence on the people of Rome with a significant personality. The people of Rome hung on to his every word they trusted him very much. He was well known for ignorance of reality, but nobility, stubborn traits.
When we first see him, Caesar displays irrational nature however from the start he also displays the tendency to ignore warnings and signs that ought to build a person’s attentiveness or more caution in his means of living. When he first enters the play by telling Calpurnia his wife to help seek a cure for her purity by ritual and then later on exits. Then he soon sends away the soothsayer that delivers an important message to him that could have potentially saved his life as “ a dreamer “. He carelessly ignores the soothsayer and does not fear anything coming his way. Caesar did not take anything into curiosity like any other would have done based upon receiving bad information like that. He fails to recognize because of Decius’s challenge to his sense of pride and to his ambition. If he would have accepted that information and take things in precaution like the soothsayer advised him to things would have turned out better for him and the people of Rome.
Caesar’s arrogance can be surprisingly connected with his noble attitude. Caesar’s noble ways are very openly shown when Artemidrous tries to give Caesar a note that would reveal the conspiracy and the conspirators involved in Caesar. Which was going to save his life, he refuses it and says “ What touches us ourself shall be last served.” Caesar literally puts the people and business of Rome above anything that concerns him personally and puts himself last. That shows that he cares about his city more than he cares about himself and he would do anything to keep it safe. His nobility is also shown through Anthony’s eulogy when tells the people about the contents of his will. Caesar left the city of Rome with seventy-five drachmas and his private gardens further showing how much he loved Rome and the people.
Along with Caesar’s arrogance and nobility ways, Caesar’s stubbornness can be seriously seen not only once but multiple times in the play. It is not surprising for one to say that Caesar is very stubborn based on how many times he does not listen and avoids advice that is for the better of him. However, his stubborn ways can be spotted very quickly when he first denies the soothsayer’s warning ‘ beware the ides of march.” He brushes him off as to saying he was just a berserk man that does not know what he is talking about. Moreover, Calpurnia his wife worries for him because of the dream which was considered a warning from nature. After all the signs and warnings she received, she knew something was peculiar. She told him not to go to the Senate but unfortunately, Caesar’s stubborn ways took over him, and proceed to go and receive the crown. Many people would know that action sadly resulted in his assassination.
Evidently, Julius Caesar is overall a phenomenal person that impacted many people. Many people can agree that this Roman general was surprisingly intelligent, stubborn, and most importantly courageous and yes that is what he was and always will be. No matter how many times he showed stubbornness anyone can see how generous and caring he was for the people of Rome. In many ways, he consistently did well for people regardless of how stubborn or arrogant he was and that is displayed openly many times in the play.
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